Here’s some news from a Tualatin-based tech company we recently received. The following is quoted and excerpted from a press release* the company sent us:
“At ISTE** 2016, classroom audio provider Lightspeed Technologies [introduced] three new features of its Flexcat system. The only classroom audio system designed for small-group learning, Flexcat consists of a wearable microphone for the teacher, a speaker for whole-group instruction, and a set of two-way audio pods that allow teachers to listen and speak to small groups from anywhere in the classroom so they can reinforce, respond, and challenge students in their moment of need.
“Lightspeed’s new mobile app, launch[ed] in July, turns teachers’ iOS device into a Flexcat remote control. This allows them to switch among the two-way audio pods directly from their device … The new app unlocks some additional new features of the system.
“With the app, the new Flexcat includes expanded coverage for up to 12 audio pods …
“Flexcat now also supports Whisper Coaching, a variation on informative assessment. Through a small earpiece worn by teachers and their mentors, mentors can listen in to ongoing conversations between teachers and student groups. Whisper Coaching also allows teachers and mentors to have private conversations between their earpieces for real-time coaching and highlighting teachable moments.”
The Flexcat system, incidentally, also won a best of show award at ISTE 2016. You can read more about it on Lightspeed’s website.
(*Normally on SIP, we prefer to write original posts rather than bits of press releases, but this blog is run by a small, all-volunteer staff with day jobs and other commitments, so sometimes, we need to make exceptions to bring you content. **ISTE is the International Society of Technology in Education.)